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To Our Valued Patients,

As this newest challenge continues to unfold with COVID-19(Coronavirus), we wanted to give you an update. First, we are currently maintaining our regular schedule. As of now, the Arizona Department of Health Services is not recommending closure or modification. We will continue to closely monitor information from the CDC and AZDHS and follow their recommendations. We will keep you up to date on any changes we may have to make via emails, our website, and social media.

Second, we would like to give you some insight into our practices to keep our team and patient family safe and comfortable. Dentistry is uniquely positioned to protect our team and patients. On a daily basis, we practice ‘Universal Precautions.’ This means we ALWAYS assume that every patient may be carrying a contagious, dangerous disease and we follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, including Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV, AND COVID-19(Coronavirus). This has been standard of care and regulated by the Centers for Disease Control since the 1980s with the AIDS
epidemic.

These measures include:
1. Strict hand hygiene protocols.
2. Use of single use disposable protective equipment and barriers.
3. Thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit.
4. Disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments. Routine monitoring of sterilization verification.
5. Continual education on infection control techniques.

In addition to these mandated measures, we have also implemented:
1. Disinfection of common area surfaces every 30 minutes.
2. Availability of hand sanitizer in common areas.
3. Screening everyone who enters based on CDC recommendations.
4. Pre-procedural mouth rinse.

We are happy to address any concerns you may have. We will continue to care for our patient family during this time following all best practices and will monitor CDC guidelines for any new recommendations.

Thank you for being a part of our family. Thank you for allowing us to care for you and your family. Please know we are here to support you and help you in any way that we can.

In good health,

Link to article:
https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/12/opinion/contributors/dentistry-is-well-poised-to-ensure-the-safety-of-our-patients/

Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery Procedure


Posted on 2/20/2020 by Candice
Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery ProcedureJust about everyone has experienced swelling at some time or another. If you bump your head, it may swell. When you have an insect bite you may notice swelling. Swelling is a normal reaction of your body to trauma.

When your body heals itself rushes resources to the damaged site to begin the healing process. It is your body's natural response. When these resources rush to the damaged or infected site it causes inflammation. This inflammation is noticeable to you because your body swells.

When you have oral surgery your body interprets that as trauma. It marches its healing resources to the surgical site to begin the repair. The swelling in the case of infections is white blood cells. These cells are the infection-fighting cells. But you don't have to have an infection for your body to react. All you need is for something unusual to happen. To your body, oral surgery is unusual.

How Long Does the Swelling Last?


One of the things that bother our patients about oral surgery is the swelling. It usually affects the cheeks. Patients say they sometimes feel like chipmunks who have their cheeks filled with acorns. Swelling after an oral surgery procedure does not happen immediately. It takes a little time for your body to get its defenses up around the damaged area.

Usually, the swelling begins within 24 hours after the surgery. Though it has generally been in the cheek area, it can also swell around your mouth, the side of your face and even your eyes. Everyone's body has a different reaction time. The good news is that you can reduce the amount of swelling that you have to deal with.

After you get home from having your procedure, you should wait until the anesthetic wears off before you do anything other than rest. After it has worn off, which should only take a few hours, you can put an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas on the side of your face that had the surgical procedure. Frozen peas are recommended because they will more easily mold to your face than an ice pack will. The only reason we recommend waiting is to ensure that you don't leave the ice pack on too long. You won't be able to feel how cold it is.

Generally, you will not notice the swelling until the day after your surgery. The swelling will usually last for 24 to 72 hours. You can use the ice packs for the first two days, but after that, it has little or no effect on the swelling. If you still experience swelling after the third day, or it hasn't gone down at all, definitely call us as it may indicate an infection.
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